Bhopal | Jagran News Desk: Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Shivraj Singh Chouhan will take oath as the Chief Minister of Madhya Pradesh at 9.00 pm on Monday at the Raj Bhavan, reported news agency ANI.

The BJP will meet on Monday to elect its legislature party leader. BJP leaders said the party needs to choose a leader and stake claim quickly as the state urgently requires a functional government in view of the novel coronavirus outbreak.

A political crisis erupted in the state after Congress' Jyotiraditya Scindia resigned from the party and joined the BJP. Along with Scindia, 22 MLAs -- including six ministers in the Nath cabinet -- also resigned from the Congress which led to the collapse of the Kamal Nath government in the state. 

Following the development, the Supreme Court ordered a floor test in the Assembly. Nath, however, resigned from the party on March 20.

He latter submitted his resignation to the Governor at the Raj Bhavan. Before submitting his resignation, Nath addressed a press conference and alleged that 22 Congress MLAs were held captive in Bengaluru by the BJP, which has been witnessed by the entire country.

"Over the last 15 months, I have worked for the progress of Madhya Pradesh. BJP got 15 years but I only got 15 months, but during this time people of Madhya Pradesh know the conspiracy that BJP has indulged in. From day one, BJP began plotting. The party also held our MLAs captive in Karnataka. 22 of our MLAs were held captive in Bengaluru," he said, as quoted by news agency ANI.

Scindia, however, made a scathing attack at Nath, calling his resignation 'people's victory'. He said that he has always believed that politics should be a medium of serving people.

"People have won today in Madhya Pradesh. I have always believed that politics should be the medium of public service, but the Kamal Nath government had deviated from this path. Truth has won again. Satyameva Jayate," he had tweeted.

Posted By: Aalok Sensharma